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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Claims Best Opening Day of 2014 with $55 MillionNovember 22, 2014 02:40 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opened to $55 million on Friday, including Thursday night's $17 million start. While Friday's showing is down 22.5 percent from Catching Fire's $71 million opening day, the first Mockingjay drew a stronger Thursday-to-Friday multiple (3.2x) than did Catching Fire (2.8x) from its $25.25 million early shows on the same weekend last year.

Fans and casual viewers didn't feel the need to rush out so abruptly for Mockingjay - Part 1, which can likely be explained by a number of reasons such as the lack of a true ending to the story, the general perception that Mockingjay is the least favorite among fans of the original book series, hazardous snowstorms plaguing some parts of the country, and other contributing factors. How the film plays out from here will be even more telling, although it seems like the general consensus for now is that split stories and split finales have finally played out some of their welcome among audiences. The only franchise to mostly escape that fate thus far has been Harry Potter, which essentially began the trend with November 2010's Deathly Hallows Part 1. That film bowed to a $61.7 million opening day as part of a $125 million weekend.

Early word of mouth for the first half of Mockingjay is mostly positive with an 83 percent Flixster score as of Saturday morning, although that's down from Catching Fire's excellent 1-day after score of 94 percent. Critics haven't been as kind to the film this time around either (driven by the same aversion to split finales), giving it a 68 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. All of this being said, the film will still claim 2014's best opening weekend thus far with a projected $122 million. That figure could go higher if this entry proves to be a bit more back-loaded by general audiences. Where the film lands in the end is difficult to tell right now given the new territory the franchise is in right now, but combined with strong overseas returns, Lionsgate still has plenty of reason to be satisfied as they prepare the series' final film for November 2015.

Meanwhile, Big Hero 6 took second place yesterday with $4.48 million. That figure was down 44 percent from last Friday, identical to Wreck-It Ralph's drop on its third Friday. Big Hero 6 has tallied $120.1 million domestically so far, placing it 12 percent ahead of Ralph's pace. BoxOffice projects an $18.9 million weekend.

Dumb and Dumber To slid 70 percent from opening day to $4.3 million yesterday. With $47.95 million in the bank through eight days of release, BoxOffice is projecting a $13.9 million sophomore frame.

Interstellar was off 49 percent from last Friday to $4.22 million yesterday. Christopher Nolan's space epic has earned a domestic total of $109.8 million through its first 15 days. BoxOffice projects a $14 million third weekend.

Rounding out the top five in a tie for Friday, Gone Girl and Beyond the Lights each brought in $0.8 million. The former title's domestic haul is now up to $154.8 million, while the latter title's 8-day gross stands at $8.3 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Oct. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$5,338,032-20%3,575--$1,493$73,788,7391Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$814,646-23%4,0010$204$62,854,7242Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$623,545-25%3,026--$206$9,838,4221Fox
4Prisoners$468,398-23%3,236-54$145$49,497,4053Warner Bros.
5Don Jon$418,427-19%2,4220$173$17,417,3132Relativity Media
6Rush (2013)$404,025-19%2,30811$175$19,444,9093Universal
7Baggage Claim$244,005-21%2,0303$120$15,967,9862Fox Searchlight
8Insidious: Chapter 2$233,340-16%2,607-513$90$75,548,7554FilmDistrict
9The Family (2013)$141,458-21%2,023-871$70$35,099,0714Relativity Media
10We're the Millers$124,386-17%1,606-799$77$145,301,5209Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$123,597-15%1,563-499$79$112,797,0148Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$214,621-4%437210$491$6,049,4623Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$109,125-29%387--$282$2,867,0941Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$94,628-21%858-90$110$41,585,7856Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Metallica Through The Never$56,6263%589284$96$2,906,5872Picturehouse
5Grace Unplugged$53,674-9%511--$105$1,168,7831Roadside Attractions
6Riddick$47,710-14%795-1031$60$41,354,7305Universal
7Battle of the Year$33,125-38%907-1101$37$8,610,7703Sony / Screen Gems
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$29,933-18%513-494$58$66,082,8639Fox
9Despicable Me 2$26,675-15%485-263$55$362,522,91014Universal
10The Wolverine$17,412-16%241-88$72$131,646,97111Fox
11Planes$16,072-9%376-1050$43$88,187,7559Disney
12Besharam$15,857-57%2170$73$551,8851Reliance Entertainment
13Red 2$15,563-13%20393$77$53,093,04712Lionsgate / Summit
142 Guns$14,985-17%200-203$75$75,292,54510Universal
15The Wizard of Oz 3D$14,0953%246-59$57$5,447,8523Warner Bros.
16Turbo$13,817-18%222-60$62$82,266,43712Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Heat$10,974-17%182-69$60$159,172,09915Fox
18The Conjuring$10,122-8%202-136$50$137,194,82112Warner Bros. / New Line
19The World's End$7,324-22%131-150$56$25,862,6837Focus
20The Way, Way Back$2,319-23%131-27$18$21,399,38214Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$6,843-1%78-43$88$2,727,8029Roadside Attractions
2Linsanity$5,7962%9--$644$116,7231Ketchup Entertainment
3Haute Cuisine$5,3487%6046$89$121,5443Weinstein Company
4Pacific Rim$5,048-13%92-48$55$101,745,10413Warner Bros.
5The Spectacular Now$3,651-33%58-84$63$6,753,99110A24
6Thanks for Sharing$3,604-11%65-186$55$1,021,5893Roadside Attractions
7Fruitvale Station$3,071-11%7634$40$16,058,67013Weinstein Company
8Populaire$2,56417%5834$44$158,8595Weinstein Company
9Salinger$2,5035%21-113$119$563,7645Weinstein Company
10World War Z$2,415-4%75-85$32$202,356,82316Paramount
11The Grandmaster$2,051-33%35-108$59$6,574,8537Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$1,53418%86$192$29,8992eOne Films US
13You're Next$612-35%45-67$14$18,428,9237Lionsgate
14The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$481--10$481$16,8602Rialto Pictures
15C.O.G.$4184%4-5$105$54,6943Screen Media / Focus World
16Stories We Tell$37187%2-2$186$1,599,91322Roadside Attractions
17Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3613%6-2$60$4,328,52718Roadside Attractions
18The Ultimate Life$348-7%9-38$39$1,327,1495High Top Releasing
19The Last Day of August$22126%1--$221$2,3361Striped Entertainment